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Dear Mexican: I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the use of Lotería cards as decorative elements, specifically when used by people without Mexican heritage. Lotería cards are beautiful and interesting, but is using an image from the cards without a connection to any specific history, culture, or meaning (like on a tote bag or the like) a disrespectful appropriation? Or is it just a fun game like checkers that happens to include some interesting artwork?

Not Columbusing, Just Asking

Dear Gabacha: While gabachos have appropriated Mexican everything ever since they took our cuitlaxochitl flowers and renamed them poinsettias after some pendejo ambassador or other, I’m a bit more lax with Lotería. While this bingo-esque board game goes back to the 1700s, its most iconic pictograms—like the bare-chested mermaid “La Sirena” or the derelict borracho called, fittingly enough, “El Borracho”—aren’t cultural patrimony so much as the intellectual property of Don Clemente, Inc., a for-profit company. And while it’s easy to get mad at gabachos doing its own take on Lotería cards, it’s akin to doing the same with Monopoly figurines. We’re talking about a private, capitalist enterprise here, not la pinche Virgin of Guadalupe. Besides, Mexicans appropriate ourselves all the time—and if you don’t believe it, ask the tehuanas in Oaxaca how they feel when fresas from Guadalajara steal their steez.


If U.S.A. and Mexico go to war, whose side will the Mexican people in the U.S.A. stand on?


Dear Gabacho: Ah, the ultimate Chicano parlor game, one brought closer to reality by our incoming president! It’s all about context. Mexicans here have fought the narcos south of the border for the past couple of years with arms shipments and even brigades, so you’d expect the same if Enrique Peña Nieto announced he’d use his cartel amigos to try and invade el Norte. If Trump decided to move on Mexico for not trying to build a wall, you’d see a lot of hilarious memes but no uprising, as much as yaktivists would want you to believe. But if Trump starts mass roundups, let’s just say raza won’t take it quietly. I’d say more, but then the FBI would show up at my doorstep and disappear me to some black site or other for further questioning with Señor Waterboard.


I love ¿Qué Pasa, USA? Lots of Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Do you know of any other TV shows like it?

Netflix and Chillar


Dear Pocho: Nope. And this is how pathetic Hollywood is: 40 years ago, television was confident enough in a bilingual show about the Latino immigrant experience that it made a sitcom about a Cuban family that aired nationwide on PBS. Today? They do entire films about Los Angeles, like La La Land, and show a total of one Latino character in the film. Chris Rock put it best: “You’re in L.A, you’ve got to try not to hire Mexicans.” I’d end on a funnier note, but trying to follow Chris Rock is like eating drinking Cazadores, then following up with Sauza—and I’m not even as good as Sauza.


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  1. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Hello Jimmy…

  2. MarkinLA says:

    Are there any TV shows with Mexicans?

    Cops, Gangland, and Drugs Wars just to name a few.

    • Replies: @CalNative57
  3. Jefferson says:

    A very high percentage of Mexicans in The U.S are not fluent enough in English to even become Hollywood actors. I hear no hablo Ingles a lot whenver I am in Los Angeles.

  4. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe the reason for the lack of Mexicans on television in the US is due to them not speaking English.

    Just a thought….

    • Replies: @Anon
  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Even Mexican TV doesn’t have a lot of typical Mexicans.

    Most people on Mexican TV are white or mostly white.

  6. Adar. says:

    “But if Trump starts mass roundups, let’s just say raza won’t take it quietly.”

    Thank you amigo, thank you. Thank you on behalf of all those gringo such as myself that voted for Don. You have only confirmed in our minds that what we think of the illegal is correct. The race is just a bunch of law breakers that break one law, two laws, a whole bunch of laws. Might as well start a rebellion. Thank you amigo again. Keep up the good work and more of it.

  7. Let’s face it, most Mexes just aren’t interesting. Even Gustavo just keeps hauling out the same bucket of shit, week after week. If all we wanted for our entertainment dollars was repetition we can go with a much better looking raza…

  8. Those early sixties Califas farm shows come to mind– Lassie, The McCoys

    However porn– well that’s another story.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  9. Are the any without?

  10. Most large cities have Spanish language TV stations, which I assume get most of their programming from Latin America. Spanish language programming is available on cable as well. Advertisers can easily reach Mexicans and other Latinos through those stations, so there’s not much financial incentive for Anglo TV producers to compete with them.

    Say, are there Latino ad agencies which specialize in helping advertisers reach that audience?

  11. @The Plutonium Kid

    “Say, are there Latino ad agencies which specialize in helping advertisers reach that audience?”

    That falls into the axiomatically self-answering question category Plutonium.

    Where there’s ethnic identity lana to be made, there’s a virtual army of ethnic identity alcahuetes lurking in “the shadows”. However, to a certain extent, their ranks have thinned out in many markets (geographical and product category) as advertisers started figuring out that there’s not as much lana to be made there as originally thought.

  12. Ugly Betty (2006-2010) …
    Greetings from Tucson (2002-2003) …
    Cane (2007) …
    The George Lopez Show (2002-2007) …
    Freddie (2005-2006) …
    Resurrection Blvd (2000-2002) …
    American Family: Journey of Dreams (2002-2004) …
    Dark Angel (2000-2002)

    • Replies: @Inque Yutani
  13. I like that ad with Danny Treo. Dude is cool! Is he a rapist?

  14. Lol no one remenber Desperate Housewives? Eva Longoria lol also for a Mexican, she was pretty, I would say prettier than 2 of the 3 other main cast which were White.

  15. I tried to pitch my action series (Hombres Gigantes Se Unen!) with a team of Mexican wrestlers (they get their superpowers from their masks), but it was not to be.

    Seriously, how much culo would that kick?

  16. @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Yep.Remember Pepito.That was a good Messican,knew his place! Si senor Grandpa! Today he’d be straight pimpin’Hassie!

  17. @MarkinLA

    They took “Gangland” off the History channel–despite high ratings in the prized 18-35 male demog–because so many of the episodes exposed how the gang problem is fueled by immigration.

    “Cops” is a sanitized joke. They went to Fresno–where “Gangland” had highlighted the phenomenon of the Bulldog gang being so dominant it superseded the Norteno/Sureno war that characterizes other locales in the region–and showed nothing about gangs. The show concluded with a homeless white man living out of his car out in the boondocks being rousted for having a handgun despite denial of this to the officer.

    Years ago I got to have dinner with some pros who shoot video for everybody from ESPN to the producers who do the syndicated “Cops” type stuff (the networks have hardly any full-time people and use temps for most of those jobs). We talked about how lame “Cops” in particular is and I pitched them my idea for “America’s Meanest Streets” where a Geraldo-like team goes from city to city and finds the highest-crime area to show the nation. They were all cracking up before I even finished–all the production companies are well aware of this theme and how PC everybody is about being afraid to show it. So they don’t! (Note at this very moment a cop-killer in Florida is on the loose, original beef was murdering his pregnant GF–and it’s not on the “news” at all, because of his racial ID).

    The media people are sick.

  18. @The Plutonium Kid

    My Comcast system in Central Calif. slings 10 Spanish language channels at me that I never asked for (they just dropped the VICE network so now you have to pay extra for it). Does anybody else remember the weasels in the Clinton admin who promised us a “menu of choices” after telcom de-reg? BTW the none of the Spanish language networks come with a second-audio-program translation into English–I don’t think they want Whitey to know what they are up to.

    The Spanish market is huge and you can learn a lot just by watching the ads. Massive consumption of convenience foods for one. It’s been over 20 years since I spoke with a promoter who was assembling a Spanish Yellow Pages for the NorCal wine country region (he acknowledged the Univisions could SAP their news and probably get a chunk of market share out of it but they just don’t because their market is growing so fast and taking over the region and state–a fait accompli at this point.)

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